Kingdom Under Fire: A War of Heroes PC

Metascore
59

Mixed or average reviews - based on 22 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 22
  2. Negative: 5 out of 22
Buy On
  1. 72
    I could criticize KUF for an overall lack of spirit, but beyond this nebulous quality, there are some real concrete problems with the game. First and foremost, the game is too hard.
  2. Die-hard real-time strategy fans may find something to like in Kingdom Under Fire, but everyone else might as well keep waiting for Blizzard's next big hit.
  3. At first look, it seemed to be a tired plot revisited. However, the more times it was played, the easier it was to get into the game, and to even enjoy it.
  4. 75
    Keep an eye on the patches for Kingdom Under Fire, once the major AI and multiplayer issues are resolved, it will be worth a second look.
  5. The poor AI and lack of an in-game save option makes the single player campaigns frustrating and unrewarding, and the role-playing elements don't quite work as well as they perhaps should.
  6. If the taste of orcs and humans battling on a 2D plain while gathering gold and other resources hasn't become stale to your senses, then by all means dive into this feast of rehashed mediocrity. I'm looking for something with a little more kick.
  7. No better than the sum of its parts. The real-time strategy mode recycles ideas from Warcraft II and the role-playing levels do the same, only with Diablo. The potential for success is certainly present, but a number of issues arise throughout the game, among them a lack of a save game feature.
  8. PC Gamer
    70
    Great for RTS newbies or serious "WarCraft" fans, but gaming vets will feel major deja vu. [May 2001, p.39]
  9. 40
    Not to say it's a bad game, but each of the elements - RTS and Action/RPG - are only shadows of the best of breed in their genre.
  10. If you’re looking for something new though, don’t expect it here.
  11. Ultimately, while Kingdom Under Fire might be considered a Korean homage to Blizzard, there’s plenty here to enjoy in its own right.
  12. It shamelessly copies two Blizzard classics, "WarCraft II" and "Diablo." The problem is that it doesn't copy from either classic particularly well, and the result is a flat, lifeless experience that quickly becomes more of a chore than a pleasure.
  13. Da Gameboyz
    66
    Fans of the RPG genre who are looking for elements of "Diablo," "Darkstone," or "Nox" will probably have a good chuckle and move on.
  14. If we disregard the disgusting Curian, the gay knight who should be the main hero in this game (a really repulsive creature and his voice-over just goes to prove it), the rest of the heroes are really cool.
  15. With a boring story and uninspired game play, there is hardly reason to recommend this game, especially with the market filled with RTSes and RPGs that stand head and shoulders above KUF.
  16. Just the right mix of graphics, sound and strategy to make for an entertaining evening of orc-bashing.
  17. Since the entire title is built around the concept of gradual character development through combat, the lack of a save option instantly nullifies any and all value that the innovation might have brought.
  18. Great graphics and storyline can't quite make up for its lackluster AI and tedious gameplay.
  19. Daily Radar
    50
    A thin game that is sometimes fun, but mostly routine, and with less depth and imagination than the great games it is copying.
  20. CNET Gamecenter
    40
    If you could save the game anywhere you wanted during the RTS and RPG modes, it'd be easy to put aside its lack of originality and recommend it as a reasonably entertaining game, something to tide gamers over while they wait for the next really big RTS or RPG.
  21. Although fun for a few levels, the problems in this game quickly build up to the point where they bury any fun you might have been having with a mountain of frustration.
  22. GamePower
    50
    It doesn't come close to the strategy, personality, and gameplay balance of Warcraft or the addictive depth of Diablo. Instead it's an amateurish copy.
User Score
7.6

Generally favorable reviews- based on 16 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 6
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 6
  3. Negative: 0 out of 6
  1. AlecB.
    Jun 20, 2006
    10
    this game had the best graphics compared with other games in its time.i can only give it a ten becauseof when it came out.compare to games this game had the best graphics compared with other games in its time.i can only give it a ten becauseof when it came out.compare to games now it might not be the best,but its still very good. Full Review »
  2. FrankB.
    Aug 22, 2005
    10
    Its an awesome game, although some people say its built around characters, well no its not. its built around evenly, and the graphics are Its an awesome game, although some people say its built around characters, well no its not. its built around evenly, and the graphics are good, same with sound. The save is good how it is, cuse how on the first KUF you can save after or on the map thats how a good strategy game should be. KUF doesn't come close to coping the so called "Warcraft II"' and 'Diablo." In WC2 and diablo u do not control a company of units, and in those game u dont choose your jobs for your soldiers.The plains are 3d not 2d, sorry to bust your bubble...Plus it does not have a lack of AI, if you want to talk about a lack of AI, try Starcraft. Full Review »
  3. JulioB.
    Nov 2, 2001
    9
    I love this game and its difficulty its my challenge. And the patches are making this game better. Soon it will be amazing with the in game I love this game and its difficulty its my challenge. And the patches are making this game better. Soon it will be amazing with the in game save and lots of more features. Full Review »